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Kirkby Stephen Hostel
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

We were doing a long walk which took us through the dales into Kirkby Stephens - a walk and destination we'd recommend to any walker.

When you come into Kirkby there are numerous little guesthouses etc. but, and not just if your budget's limited, we'd recommend this lovely place.

Fairly standard as far as hostels go - all the usual facilities and furnishings - but the common area is grand; the building is a converted church so has the grand space, nook, pews and all.

We had the run of the place - the weather is clearly putting people off these days. Any travellers or walkers will know though that it's been ideal for a good trek.

Anyways. It's a good price, all the things you might want/need with a little extra 'homely' touch - tea and coffee and the like provided, towels for £1,...bits like that.

All in all very warm and comfortable. If I'm ever up this way again I'll bee-line to this place.

But that's not the clincher. Denise - the lovely woman who runs it - is. She is properly brilliant. Here's the example...

... So we set off the next morning and - about 4 miles into the hike (towards Appleby) I realised I left my jacket behind. Too far to return I figured the best I could do would be call in and get Denise to send it on somewhere, then spend another £80 on another jacket to do the rest of our trek.

Oh no. Instead Denise rearranged her schedule, drove out to meet us in Appleby and gave me my coat.

A life saver. We'll never forget you Denise, and cannot thank you enough. Visit Kirkby. Stay at the hostel. Give Denise a big hug.

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1  Thank Bootworks
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

This old chapel used to be a YHA hostel and has great character, especially the gallery sitting area - comfy and unusual. All the facilities are what you'd expect for cheap accommodation ie basic - but it's clean and in a great position for walking / cycling, also useful to have a co-op opposite. The owner, Denise, is really friendly and couldn't be more helpful; we didn't eat but the meal we saw looked and smelled good!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank RiaBeag
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Reviewed June 27, 2012

Great place to stay. We were recently on a cycling holliday and the hostel had everything we needed. basic , but all there.Place to park the bikes under cover and a good drying room. comfortable room , kitchen , relaxing area. what more do you want. denise was very helpful.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank paul g
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

We did the coast to coast walk and stopped at this hostel for the night! Denise- the owner was welcoming and a true life saver as we were tierd and soaking as it had been raining for 4 days solid. She gave us a breakfast and let us stay for free as we were doing the walk for charity. We will never forget how lovely and truely generous she was. Fab place to stay and recomend this hostel to anyone!!!!

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Thank Localladskivo
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

A great idea - converted church. Potentially excellent but down-at-heel and shabby. Denise works hard when she's there but she's not full-time and the place lacks tlc. There's maintenance outstanding. Broken blind on window, broken door lock. The drying room wasn't warm enough to actually dry anything overnight. Overall though it's cheaper than almost anywhere else in town, feels safe and is quite quirky. I'd go back, but with lower expectations.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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